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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: May 10, 2007 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Why did so many of us call the band "the boys"- and why this was such an important insight. 9-27-82 PITB as case in point

Among ourselves, back in the day, when we heard any news about the band, especially about a new tour, we would tell each other the "boys" were coming back around- or the "boys" will be in town.

I cannot think of any other band that was routinely called by this name by their fans. Where did the phrase come from? Was it because they were so down to earth? Because they were not pompous, or not so damn serious (love prog- but cmon with the seriousness and self aggrandizment)-?

I suggest it is something more primitive- in my estimation, we called them the boys because as players, they never lost their sense of adventure- never let their minds tell their hearts that something could not be done. They approached the music many times with a sense of playfulness that one would not expect in men.

9-27-82 ALpine, PITB:

http://www.archive.org/download/gd82-07-27.fob-senn421.wise.4705.sbefail.shnf/gd82-07-27d2t01_vbr.mp3

From the 4 minute mark to around the 5 minute mark, there is an impromptu vocal jam, instigated by Bobby and joined in part by brent- it came from out of nowhere- and it was fun to hear- totally unpredictable- like brent scatting in that Johnny B goode I cannot remember when-

There are hundreds of things that can be pointed out to show this playfulness- a playfulness born from great senses of humor- and the sense of humor- yeah- so very important to their success and especially longevity

It might be fun if you had some examples for us all of the humor or the playfulness. Give it a try.

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Poster: ducats Date: May 10, 2007 4:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why did so many of us call the band 'the boys'- and why this was such an important insight. 9-27-82 PITB as case in point

the Letterman (+ I think the Tom Snyder?) interview definately shows Jerry's - but I thought also showed Bobby's less of one as well - which I always thought Jerry had a better sense of humor - not that I knew him

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Poster: Zaorish Date: May 10, 2007 8:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why did so many of us call the band 'the boys'- and why this was such an important insight. 9-27-82 PITB as case in point

When I like to really get a feel for the easygoing humor of the band, I pick out some 1980 or 1970 acoustic sets, especially May 15th 1970...for some reason the recording on here recorded practically every between-song moment, so you hear all the jokes, playin' with the audience, etc.

Also, I think one of the regulars around here posted this, so repost, but 9-19-1970's "Lovelight" is, well...you've just gotta listen to it. ;) Epic, epic Dark Star from that show btw.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 10, 2007 4:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why did so many of us call the band 'the boys'- and why this was such an important insight. 9-27-82 PITB as case in point

Actually, I thought I was being 'special' in those instances when I posted here and referred to the DEAD as the Boys.

But, now that you mention it, I suppose I am not the first. I should have copyrighted it...

Would be really disturbing though, if someone mentioned the song about the boys being back in town...I know that is NOT what you meant!